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Old 05-09-2009, 01:22 PM   #71 (permalink)
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The video for Ilyena looked like my 7th grade science class, lolz. Well minus the graffiti and large black man.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:32 AM   #72 (permalink)
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dude, you're almost to the top 5. don't give up now. this was one of my fav. top albums threads. don't let me down.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:28 AM   #73 (permalink)
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*groan* Their debut is so much better!

7. The Mars Volta "The Bedlam In Goliath (2008)

What it is: Wild progressive rock
Favorite Track: Goliath
awesome. my favorite TMV album closely followed by De-loused...
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:03 AM   #74 (permalink)
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I await the last 6 albums with excitement.

You have some really diverse albums and some really good picks.

I have the same problem with Alexisonfire, got all the albums but I just cannot put my finger on which I think is the best one... Actually gonna go give them a spin now.

Cool thread.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:43 PM   #75 (permalink)
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Back by somewhat popular demand.

6. Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster II (2007)

What it is: Hard, raspy, southern rock
Favorite Track: Darkest Of Kin

As much as I like Dallas Taylor-era Underoath, him leaving that band and forming Maylene is one of the best things he ever did. Not only did it allow Spencer Chamberlain, a much more suitable vocalist, to take over in Underoath, but it allowed him to perform the music that he was destined to play. And that is southern metal.

Maylene don't try to dazzle you with their technical skill (though there is plenty of that to be found here), they rock your socks off and tell interesting stories while doing it. In 2007, the band recorded II, a kickass album with less filler and a better sense of direction than their debut.

The album begins with the familiar southern riffs and raspy vocals you're used to hearing from the boys, and BAM! Adrenaline rush. Whispering, brief breakdowns, guitar solos any classic rock fan would approve of, everyone yelling at the top of their lungs. This is the Maylene we love, back and cramming more into their music than ever. Memories Of The Grove is an ideal opener for anyone who enjoyed the debut and new fans.

The more melodic side of Maylene is introduced with the lead single, Dry The River. This was the first Maylene song I heard, and I still rank it among their best songs. It has a catchy chorus, an excellent lead riff, and thunderous instrumentation.

As the album progresses, dozens of memorable riffs, duel guitars, choruses, and fist pumping beats are heard. After hearing it all many times, it can be hard to pick a favorite... but my favorite is and will always be Darkest Of Kin. If you didn't think that Dallas Taylor could write good lyrics, think again. I absolutely adore the lyrics in this song, and the only thing that tops it is the instrumentation. The song's structure is unclear and the biggest hook in the song isn't even part of the chorus. It's one of the most, this may sound cheesy but, HARD ROCKIN' songs I've ever heard. It's jam packed with riffs and duel leads, it's got a headbanging beat, agh, it's amazing. Pure metal. I like my artistic music, but sometimes you just need to rock out, and this is clearly the best song to do it to.

After 9 exciting tracks, Maylene (almost) closes their sophomore release with a soft, Skynard-esque song called Tale Of The Runaways. I'm glad they did this because I can now listen to Maylene out loud without making my parents mad. The true closer for the album is the (also acoustic) instrumental, The Day Hell Broke Loose At Sicard Hollow. The title is very misleading.

Classic rock-obsessed *******s, metalheads, if you just love good music, I encourage you to listen to Maylene II. It's not the most artistic album per se, but it's instrumentally, vocally, and even lyrically enjoyable. A strong solid release, I look forward to Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster III.

And now, one of my favorite music videos that combines two of my favorite pastimes. Rocking out and skateboarding.

Ladies and gentlemen, Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster.

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Old 06-11-2009, 09:02 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Back by somewhat popular demand.

6. Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster II (2007)

What it is: Hard, raspy, southern rock
Favorite Track: Darkest Of Kin

As much as I like Dallas Taylor-era Underoath, him leaving that band and forming Maylene is one of the best things he ever did. Not only did it allow Spencer Chamberlain, a much more suitable vocalist, to take over in Underoath, but it allowed him to perform the music that he was destined to play. And that is southern metal.

Maylene don't try to dazzle you with their technical skill (though there is plenty of that to be found here), they rock your socks off and tell interesting stories while doing it. In 2007, the band recorded II, a kickass album with less filler and a better sense of direction than their debut.

The album begins with the familiar southern riffs and raspy vocals you're used to hearing from the boys, and BAM! Adrenaline rush. Whispering, brief breakdowns, guitar solos any classic rock fan would approve of, everyone yelling at the top of their lungs. This is the Maylene we love, back and cramming more into their music than ever. Memories Of The Grove is an ideal opener for anyone who enjoyed the debut and new fans.

The more melodic side of Maylene is introduced with the lead single, Dry The River. This was the first Maylene song I heard, and I still rank it among their best songs. It has a catchy chorus, an excellent lead riff, and thunderous instrumentation.

As the album progresses, dozens of memorable riffs, duel guitars, choruses, and fist pumping beats are heard. After hearing it all many times, it can be hard to pick a favorite... but my favorite is and will always be Darkest Of Kin. If you didn't think that Dallas Taylor could write good lyrics, think again. I absolutely adore the lyrics in this song, and the only thing that tops it is the instrumentation. The song's structure is unclear and the biggest hook in the song isn't even part of the chorus. It's one of the most, this may sound cheesy but, HARD ROCKIN' songs I've ever heard. It's jam packed with riffs and duel leads, it's got a headbanging beat, agh, it's amazing. Pure metal. I like my artistic music, but sometimes you just need to rock out, and this is clearly the best song to do it to.

After 9 exciting tracks, Maylene (almost) closes their sophomore release with a soft, Skynard-esque song called Tale Of The Runaways. I'm glad they did this because I can now listen to Maylene out loud without making my parents mad. The true closer for the album is the (also acoustic) instrumental, The Day Hell Broke Loose At Sicard Hollow. The title is very misleading.

Classic rock-obsessed *******s, metalheads, if you just love good music, I encourage you to listen to Maylene II. It's not the most artistic album per se, but it's instrumentally, vocally, and even lyrically enjoyable. A strong solid release, I look forward to Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster III.

And now, one of my favorite music videos that combines two of my favorite pastimes. Rocking out and skateboarding.

Ladies and gentlemen, Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster.

The first time I saw Maylene live (right after the release of II), Dallas came on stage with the lights dimmed, stood there for a second and said (southern accent) "We're Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, we're from Birmingham, Alabama". *BOOM* The intro riff of Darkest of Kin hits, chills crawl down my spine and I'm a fan for life.

Let me follow that little story by sayin, AWESOME REVIEW MAN!!! You picked a great album, covered all it's dynamics and worded it all very well. The Darkest of Kin video brought back some memories. I'm so glad to see the Alfred top 25 back in action.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:05 PM   #77 (permalink)
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I think I'll finish up this list and then maybe start a review thread. Thanks for commenting as always, crash! That's a really cool story you have about Maylene. I think it'd be cool seeing them live.
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:39 PM   #78 (permalink)
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I will be starting a music review thread. Don't worry, this list will get finished, but in that thread. The reviews will be more in-depth and I will be giving scores and up-to-date opinions.
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:42 PM   #79 (permalink)
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K, I'm gonna download every album on this list on a whim.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:05 AM   #80 (permalink)
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Great review on Maylene, definately gonna download the album ASAP. Looks pretty interesting, although I was never a fan of UnderOath. The new sound is great.
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